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Pasta with Chard and Chickpeas

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This recipe is for starch lovers. In case you were wondering, I am definitely a starch lover. If I could figure out a way to make it work, I’d combine potatoes and pasta. If you have an athletic event coming up, this would be an awesome source of pre (as in, the day before) -workout fuel.

But anyway, this is another one of those versatile recipes to which you could add any combo of greens and/or veggies. I had chard and mushrooms, so I added those, but I could see this working with spinach or arugula as well. If you have leftovers, toss them with a little marinara sauce before reheating to keep them from being too dry.

Pasta with Chard and Chickpeas (adapted from Fat-Free Vegan)

1 pound whole wheat rotini
1 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
8-10 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (1 can), rinsed and drained
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until onion begins to brown. Add garlic and mushrooms and reduce heat. Cook, stirring, until mushrooms soften. Add tomato paste and water and stir to combine. Add chickpeas and simmer for five minutes.

Add reserved cooking liquid to chickpea mixture. Stir in the chard and cover. Cook until chard is just wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the pasta and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Local Box Meal Plan: April 25-29

Well, hello heirloom tomatoes. So nice to see you again! If you’ve been sweltering in the 90-degree days we’ve been having lately, at least take heart in the fact that the heat is helping local tomato crops.

Spring Lettuce Mix – Tecolote Farm
Chard – Bradshaw Farm
Brussels Sprouts OR Green Beans – Hillside Farm OR Naegelin Farm
Summer Squash – Acadian Family Farm
New Potatoes – Green Gate Farms
Flat Leaf Parsley – Tecolote Farm
Heirloom Tomatoes – Bluebonnet Hydroponic
Mango – G&S Groves
Crisp Green Leaf Lettuce – Lund Produce Company

Tangy herbed lettuce soup – I told you last week I’d find you a lettuce soup recipe! This one even uses up some of the potatoes you’ll get this week. Use the green leaf lettuce you get for this recipe, and stick with using the spring mix in salads. Also, use parsley instead of basil (unless you happen to have basil on hand, in which case I’d use both).

Tomato-squash skillet – I usually don’t cook heirloom tomatoes because they have such an amazing raw flavor, but if you’re tired of salads and don’t feel like eating them raw this week, try this recipe. I might add a few chickpeas to round out the protein here and make it a vegan main course, or mix in some diced, cooked chicken if you eat meat.

Chard-mango smoothie – What? Chard in a smoothie? I know! Sounds weird, but I’m a fan of spinach in smoothies and this isn’t far off. Just give it a shot if you’re skeptical – I think you’ll be surprised at how non-chardy it tastes. I would add about a cup of a liquid to this recipe, maybe some almond milk or orange juice. 

For the brussels sprouts and green beans, I’m thinking a nice turn on the grill would work for both – I’m loving grilled veggies these days. Grease a grill wok and add the veggies tossed in some olive oil and your favorite seasonings (I’ve been using lemon pepper lately). Grill over medium-high heat until tender, around 10 minutes, stirring often to keep the ones on the bottom from burning. Make sure to trim the green beans or halve the brussels sprouts before cooking. If you don’t have a grill wok, just put the veggies on a big piece of aluminum foil on the grill, or use your broiler instead.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: April 11-15

Are you excited about the mint plant you’re getting this week? It’ll do great planted in a flower bed or garden, but be warned that it can be invasive. A good solution is to plant it in a large pot.

Sugar Snap Peas – Animal Farm
Red Chard – Acadian Family Farm
Baby Summer Squash – Fruitful Farm
Spinach – Tecolote Farm
Heirloom Green Garlic – Green Gate Farms
Mint Plant – My Father’s Farm
Escarole – Tecolote Farm
Mango – G&S Groves
Kale – Texas Natural
Oranges – G&S Groves

Orange-mango chicken – Juice your oranges to make the tasty sauce for this chicken.

Ribollita – This soup is a favorite of mine, not only because it’s good but because it’s versatile. Use your kale and chard here, and toss in diced summer squash to replace the carrots. I’m leaving out the olives, but if you’re an olive lover I’m sure they’ll be great in this recipe.

Sauteed snap peas and green garlic – A simple side dish.

Sausage, escarole, and white bean ragout – Use a mix of escarole and spinach (the spinach balances out the escarole’s somewhat bitter flavor), and use veggie sausage for a vegetarian version.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: April 4-8

We’re getting lovely Easter egg radishes this week! Not only are they mildly flavored, the aptly-named radishes come in shades of red, pink, purple, and white. Here’s your entire list, video, and meal plan.

Pea Shoots – Acadian Family Farm
Green or Red Leaf Lettuce – Acadian Family Farm
Strawberries – Oak Hill Farm
Green Chard – Naegelin
Spring Onions – Gundermann Acres
Multicolored Beets – Animal Farm
Heirloom Garlic – Lund Produce
Romaine Lettuce – Tecolote
Easter Egg Radish – Animal Farm
Turnip Greens – Revolution Gardens

 

Braised radishes and spring onions – The original calls for icicle radishes, but just thickly slice the ones you get and cook until tender. Toss in some sliced spring onion bulbs to add flavor to this simple side dish.

Salads with roasted beets, pea shoots, romaine lettuce, toasted walnuts, and this strawberry vinaigrette – Just use regular balsamic vinaigrette if you can resist how tasty this dressing looks.

Fresh strawberry bread – I’m thinking I’m going to toast thick slices of this baby for breakfast. Yum.

Turnip greens and chard with green garlic – This recipe calls for prosciutto, which may be my favorite of the salted, cured meats. Leave it out if you’re anti-pork.

– Stephanie

Tilapia with Grilled Orange Vinaigrette

Because it has been in the 80s for about a week now (yay!), I’ve started reverting back to my warm-weather habit of cooking on the grill at least a few times per week. Today I really wanted to grill some fish, but I always run into the problem of fish sticking to the grill and falling apart once it’s cooked. I realized I could circumvent this issue, and cook some veggies along with the fish, if I put everything into a foil packet on the grill.

It worked wonderfully, and is easy to boot. I just put each fish fillet on a large piece of foil and topped them with a mixture of spinach, chard, and red bell pepper. For the vinaigrette, I added orange halves to the grill for the last five minutes of cooking, then mixed their juice with olive oil and herbs. I poured it over the cooked fish and greens, and voila – the perfect spring lunch.

Tilapia with Grilled Orange Vinaigrette

4 tilapia fillets
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 a large bunch of chard, chopped
~5 cups spinach, chopped
1/2 a large red bell pepper, chopped
Olive oil
2 oranges, halved
Handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 a bunch of green onions (or green garlic), chopped

Preheat grill to medium heat (about 350 degrees). Season the fish with salt, pepper, and thyme. Place each in a large piece of foil sprayed with cooking spray and drizzle a bit of olive oil over each. Combine spinach, chard, and bell pepper and top each piece of fish with the mixture. Drizzle a bit more olive oil over the veggies, season with salt and pepper, and close up the foil packets to seal.

Place packets on grill and cook 20 minutes. Rub oranges with olive oil or cooking spray and place cut side down on the grill in the last five minutes of cooking.

While fish is cooking, combine cilantro, green onions, and 1/2 cup of olive oil in a bowl.

Remove everything from the grill. Squeeze orange juice into herb/oil mixture and season with salt and pepper. Stir well. Spoon a bit of the dressing over each fish fillet and serve.

– Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: Feb. 28-March 1

We’re getting a cute basil potted plant this week, but make sure to not plant it outside yet because basil hates cold and will blacken and die unprotected in these cold night temps we’ve been having. Just put it in a pot indoors till it warms up a little outside. Anyway, here’s this week’s list, video, and meal plan. What are you making with your Local Box ingredients? Post your ideas in the comments.

Slicing Tomatoes – Gundermann
Mixed Lettuce Heads – Bluebonnet Hydroponic
Green Onions – Green Gate Farm
Kale – Gundermann
Spinach OR Chard – Naegelin Farm OR Uncertain Farms
Navel Oranges – G&S Grove
Basil Potted Plant – My Father’s Farm
Green Cabbage – Gundermann
Turnips – Gundermann

Burgers with chopped green onions and seasonings mixed in the meat, with lettuce and tomatoes

Kale chips – Sounds bizarre, but these are actually really good. Just be sure not to overbake, because blackened kale = inedible kale.

Pan-seared scallops with ginger-orange spinach – Holy yum. This recipe calls for both vodka and vermouth as part of the scallop marinade, but if you don’t have one or the other, I bet a dry white wine would be a great substitute. Also, if you get chard instead of spinach it’s fine to use it here. You may want to cook it for a few minutes longer than specified, or just know that it’s going to be a little chewier than spinach would be.

Roast pork with cabbage, apples, and turnips – I’m thinking there’s a way to adapt this for the crockpot if you want to do it on a weeknight. I never just throw meat into the crock, because I always get better results if I brown it first. So I would brown it in a hot skillet on all sides, then add it to the crock with the rest of the ingredients and cook for 8-10 hours on low. Oh, and cook the bacon and crumble it before you add it to the pot. Another benefit of the crockpot is that it won’t heat up your kitchen, which is nice as the weather warms up.

Stephanie

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan 31-Feb 4

I’m loving the abundance of avocados we’ve gotten lately. What’s your favorite winter veggie?

Here’s the complete list for this week.

Beets/Fennel/Kohlrabi – Naegelin
Green Cabbage – Naegelin
Green Leaf Lettuce – Acadian
Sweet Potatoes – Gundermann
Swiss Chard – My Father’s Farm
Dinosaur Kale/Curly Kale – Texas Natural
Cilantro – Fruitful Farms
Green Onions – Naegelin
Avocados – G&S
Grapefruit or Navel Oranges – G&S

I am making:

Green monster smoothies – Lately I’ve been making these for breakfast using raw chard, kale, or spinach. I know a smoothie with raw greens may sound gross. And I won’t lie – they are not pretty. I put mine in an opaque cup. But I tell you, they taste really, really good and are good for you. My basic recipe calls for 2 cups raw greens, 1 cup frozen fruit, 1/2 a banana, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a handful of ice. Blend for a few minutes until everything is smooth. I might try throwing some citrus in this week instead of the frozen fruit. You can also experiment with different liquids, like regular milk or hemp milk. Don’t knock the green monster till you try it.

Curried sweet potato salad with cilantro – This recipe is a little fussy for my taste (I’m not carefully layering a salad that I’m just going to scoop onto a plate a minute later), but the elements are solid. I’ll probably sub olive oil for the mayo and use green onions instead of red.

Roasted beets, fennel, or kohlrabi – These guys all taste pretty different so I don’t want to give you complicated recipes using them when you can’t easily substitute for the one you get. Instead, I’m linking to different recipes for each one. I usually roast up a bunch of veggies like this on Sunday and use in salads during the week with our lettuce and cabbage. Oh, and if you haven’t had kohlrabi, it tastes a little like broccoli, but without the tiny florets that stick in your teeth. Yum.

Spicy shrimp with citrus avocado sauce – Use whatever citrus you get.